31 July 2014

P.S. Love... 8 Shade Day Eyeshadow Palette | Review

P.S. Love... 8 Shade Day Eyeshadow Palette - £2.50

For £2.50, you can't complain too much about Primark's P.S. Love 8 Shade Day Eyeshadow Palette... There's eight gorgeous neutral shades in a mixture of warm and cool tones to choose from, with a large mirror in the lid which is always useful.

However, the pigmentation for all of these shades is pretty poor. Above, you can see the shades after applying with a dry make-up brush. This was also after quite a few applications too in order to try and build it up. Not great.

Saying that, they do work better when applied with a wet brush as the colours (especially the more shimmery options) do come out a lot more. The top row do offer the much better colours, with or without a wet make-up brush!

It's a good little palette for beginners - use these with an eye primer and a wet make-up brush, and you're away! But for me, will it replace my other budget daytime eyeshadow palettes? Probably not.

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29 July 2014

Illamasqua Eye Brow Cake | Review

Illamasqua Eye Brow Cake in Thunder - £15.50

My new favourite eyebrow product definitely has to be Illamasqua's Eye Brow Cake. Introduced to me during my makeover in Selfridges Birmingham, this is my go-to special product for occasions and evening wear.

This product has both powdery and waxy qualities to it, which is great as it not only colours your eyebrows but it shapes them at the same time. It's very easy to apply but you have to be careful with the amount of product you apply as it's very pigmented. It's also a bit of a nightmare to get off your skin if you go a bit mad with the make-up brush, so be warned!

It's got good staying power, so I don't have to worry about my eyebrows fading through the day. The shade I use is 'Thunder', which is a lovely medium brown colour. During my makeover, the make-up artist also used a red-based eyeshadow over the top, in order to help tone my eyebrows to my hair, which is something I'll definitely look into doing.

I've been using it quite often but it doesn't look like I've used much at all, so I'm hoping this will last me ages!

What's your favourite eyebrow product?

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24 July 2014

YSL Volume Effet Faux Cils Mascara | Review

YSL Volume Effet Faux Cils Mascara - £23

I've been using YSL's Volume Effet Faux Cils Mascara for months now and it's coming up to its departure... Needless to say, I do love this mascara but I'm not entirely sure I love it enough to buy it again.

This is the first YSL product I have ever owned and it was a great choice to begin with! It creates a lovely long lashes with no clumps whatsoever. It applies really well and I found that, at the beginning, the mascara stayed on for most of the day. However, nowadays, I do find black specks on top of my cheeks... I guess it's drying out quite a bit though so I can forgive that.

I'd say this mascara is in between a day and nighttime look, as it's neither here or there for either of my standard looks. I wouldn't say it creates a perfect 'false lash' look, but the volume you get is great. I'm blessed with long lashes anyway, so this might suit people with shorter lashes in order accentuate them more.

I also adore the classic packaging as I feel like I actually own something really premium and high end for a change!

It's pretty pricey at £23... If I had that money, I'd probably spend it on a YSL lipstick instead and stick to my trusty Benefit They're Real! or MaxFactor False Lash Effect mascaras!

Have you tried YSL mascaras before?

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22 July 2014

Photoblog: July 2014 (Part 1)

1. Lovely thank you card from the Hopcutts. | 2. Cake day. | 3. Bills Bills Bills. | 4. Love a Bills' breakfast. | 5. Loom band bracelet from Alex's niece. | 6. Dylan the (huge) Dalmatian. | 7. New towels are ready. | 8. Gino's cooking up a concoction. | 9. New toy. | 10. Blogger delivery. | 11. Cake in the sunshine. | 12. Massive box just for a kettle.

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19 July 2014

Fill your heart up with gladness | Outfit

New Look top | Moto at Topshop jeans | Toms shoes

I've finally bought a new pair of decent (and rather expensive at £42) jeans! Granted, they're ripped and I'm getting a lot of "Dani, you know your jeans are ripped?" comments, but I love them. I never thought I'd love ripped jeans but I do. These fit like a dream, whilst keeping to their skinny style. They don't really go baggy after a couple of days either. I knew I used to spend more on jeans for a reason!

I also picked up this cute little polkadot New Look sleeveless shirt for less than £10 last week. I haven't really got many smart/casual tops like this anymore, as they've all shrunk, so I'm hoping this will have some wear in it! If so, I'll definitely stock up on a few styles.

I've finally got my lovely purpley-pinky hair back! It's amazing how much better you feel once you've got rid of your roots. I was feeling so ill last weekend that I'm having to catch up on various things, such as my blog whilst I've got the time. However, most of my time is being spent on my new toy. I've had to buy a new MacBook Air (it's 11 inch... SO TINY) as my 7 year old MacBook felt and smelt like it was going to explode one day very soon. Seriously, I'm pretty sure the fan is broken and it was going to catch fire. Anyway, I love a new tech toy!

In other news, I may be flat hunting right now... Keep your fingers crossed for me! :)

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17 July 2014

Neal & Wolf Indulgence Scented Candle | Review

I'm a massive fan of Neal & Wolf - their products are very luxurious, smell absolutely gorgeous and they work wonders with my hair! Neal & Wolf has now launched an 'Indulgence' scented candle in order to really appreciate the home spa experience.

When you open the packaging, you're greeted to a large purple glass holder and a quite a strong luxurious scent, even before the candle is lit. It'll look great on your bathroom shelf and will even fill your bathroom with lovely floral and fruity tones instantly.

You get bursts of mandarin, orange blossom, followed by a variety of floral aromas, such as lily, ylang-ylang and orchid. The scent is a bit overpowering, but it'll be perfect for when you're having a long soak in the bath! It's very relaxing and is the perfect complement to other Neal & Wolf products.

Apparently it burns for up to 45 hours, so you'll be in no rush to repurchase this as it'll last you a very long time! It's on the expensive side (£17.95) but it smells beautiful and will be a lovely investment to your bathroom. I wonder what scent they'll bring out next!

What's your favourite Neal & Wolf product?

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15 July 2014

Primark Beauty Eyeliner Pen | Review

Primark Beauty Eyeliner Pen - £1.50

Since when did Primark launch decent makeup products?! I was very sceptical about this eyeliner pen, especially as it's only £1.50, but this eyeliner pen has become one of my go-to products!

It looks just like a felt tip pen and it's so easy to use. The application is great and it's simple to achieve straight lines/flicks for your eyeliner. The pigmentation is strong too, which is a bonus as I normally need to apply eyeliner a couple of times with eye pencils.

It doesn't transfer either, which is a massive bonus! I usually find that eyeliner transfers to the top of my eyelids, especially when I'm not wearing eyeshadow. Primark's eyeliner pen just stays in place all day and the colour doesn't wear off much either.

I'm seriously impressed with Primark's eyeliner pen - it's a real bargain and something that I will definitely repurchase!

Have you tried anything from Primark's make-up range?

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12 July 2014

Drove your matches to my clothes | Outfit

Primark dress | River Island shoes

How cute is this shift dress? The pattern is so different and in-your-face, with the mix of blue, pink and white to create shapes that you'd find only in a kaleidoscope. I've forgotten if this dress cost £8 or £10, but regardless, it's great value for money as always!

There's something about shift dresses that I adore, but I can't quite put my finger on it. It's not like they're the most flattering things in the world... I've always had a thing for the 60s look.

A lot of things have been going on in my world recently... Namely the fact that Alex and I have officially started flat hunting! Eeeek! We've spotted one flat in particular (in Worcester) that we really love, so fingers crossed on that one.

In other news, I've had to beat the bullet and purchase a new MacBook. My old 2008 MacBook is on its last legs :( It's had a very good run, but it's time to swap it for a lovely new (and very tiny) MacBook Air! Excuse me whilst I go and cry in the corner for my bank balance... But yay new toy once it finally arrives!

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10 July 2014

Illamasqua Sculpting Powder Duo | Review

Illamasqua Sculpting Powder Duo in Lumos and Heliopolis - £26

During my makeover at Illamasqua Selfridges, I was introduced to the Sculpting Powder Duo palette. I've come to realise that I'm not the best at contouring. If I touch bronzer, it doesn't tend to end well. This palette has helped me to appreciate contouring again. It's just a shame I can't get the same look as what the Illamasqua make-up created for me... Anyway.

It comes with a light bronzer and powder highlighter to use. The pigmentation is pretty strong, so you have to be really careful when applying it! I still apply too much sometimes, so a delicate touch is definitely needed.

After applying foundation and powder, I use the bronzer (which is a matte tan shade) and blend it in, followed by the highlighter to illuminate my cheekbones with a lovely champagne shimmer. Your skin just glows afterwards. It's lovely!

It's a great little palette, as it's all there in one place for you. It might be a bit pricey, but it's decent and worth the expense.

What's your favourite contouring palette?

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